Thursday, January 19, 2012
The "Ahhh" Moment
I strap tree branches to the deck posts. Is that crazy, or what? Crazy like a fox. They make great staging for photos of wildlife. If you try it, make sure whatever is in the background is far enough away that it appears as a simple blur, leaving only the animal in focus. It will help draw the viewer's eye right to the main subject.
Another tip: almost any animal is attracted to peanut butter, that being especially true of squirrels. To draw them in to photograph them, I smeared small dabs of peanut butter on the back side of the branch so it would not seen in the pictures. To avoid the frustration of a long wait, you may want to do this for a few days beforehand. It takes a few days for them to catch on and start looking for it. At that point, they are ready to be photographed. This squirrel was enjoying the fragrance of a dab of peanut butter before devouring it.